Having read Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow years and years ago, I recently restarted the Ender’s Game series with Speaker for the Dead, and after enjoying it immensely, moved on to Xenocide. Orson Scott Card makes some bold moves in his writing, culminating in a thought-provoking discourse. Unfortunately, the story must suffer somewhat as a result. Despite any shortcomings of the work, this book should be read by anyone with a desire to think outside of the box in regards to science, religion, and humanity. Continue reading Xenocide by Orson Scott Card
My most recent diversion while commuting into work has been listening to audiobooks. I just finished WWW: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer last night. It’s the first episode in an obvious trilogy of W-titled books. The premise revolves around Caitlin Decter, a young blind girl with a rare genetic disorder that distorts the signals entering her brain from her retina. Her blindness allowed her brain to adapt to the environment in which she spent the majority of her time: the Web. When she receives an experimental implant from a Japanese scientist to restore her sight, she discovers her visual cortex is initially only capable of processing website infrastructure and the connections between them. That unique gift helps her discover new and wondrous secrets about our world.